Hui Kūpa‘a is Hawaiian for "many hands working together" and is a joint partnership between the State of Hawaii and Hawaii's nonprofit social service providers to address some of our state's most complex social problems.
Hui Kūpa‘a is based upon the Collective Impact framework, which has been successful in "moving the needle" for community indicators on the mainland and elsewhere. FSG, a national nonprofit consulting firm that has spearheaded much of the work on the framework, has prepared a short video below that explains Collective Impact in an easy to understand way.
PHOCUSED serves as the back bone support organization for Hui Kūpa‘a and serves as a facilitator, convener, and overall project manager for the effort. In addition, six working groups have been formed to carry out the work of the project. Each group is co-led by one representative from the State and one from the private nonprofit sector with the group membership being even more diverse. Each of the six working groups focuses on a complex social problem impacting a vulnerable population in Hawaii, and the focus of each working group has been based on Governor Neil Abercrombie's New Day Plan, as well as recommendations from the Directors of Human Services and Health. The six working groups are outlined below:
Using data, each group will assess where there is the greatest need for action and establish a clear baseline in order to track and measure their progress as they move forward. We hope that this project will encourage a culture of collaboration and efficiency within the service delivery system.